Samantha joined IEC as a seasonal intern in May 2021 following the completion of her B.S. in Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University and was promoted to Environmental Analyst in February 2022. Samantha serves as project manager for IEC's Coordinated Volunteer Pathogen Monitoring Program, training volunteer monitors, ensuring the quality control and quality assurance goals of the program are met, and analyzes samples collected by volunteer groups for pathogenic indicators. She also participates in boat-based water quality monitoring programs such as the Long Island Sound Study, NY/NJ Harbor Monitoring surveys and the Unified Water Study, collecting field data and water samples. Samantha also assists with sampling preparations, filtrations, and analyses, in addition to data entry and office work in the laboratory.